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Everything has fallen into place for your perfect rustic and elegant wedding celebration. Your loved ones and “A” team bridal party have been there for you every step of the way! How can you possibly thank and show your appreciation for them?  While giving a gift is completely up to you, it is typical for the bride to gift her wedding party with a little something to show her appreciation. They have been a part of your planning process from the bridal shower, to the bachelor and bachelorette weekends, investing in typical wedding expenses such as travel, wedding attire, etc. They are happy be a part of the day, and in turn you are ready to show how thankful you are for each of them! But where to begin? What type of gifts do you get for each set of groups in your bridal party? Here are a few gift ideas for  

Mother of The Bride

This is your time to show Mom just how much you have appreciated all of her never-ending support. She has been there for you from day one, guiding you in all stages of your life. Not to mention she has been a rock these past few months planning your dream outdoor wedding in Gruene, Texas. Being the classy southern lady you are, you want to show your appreciation and gratitude to her. After all, you learned your manners and thoughtfulness from none other than Mama herself! But where to start? Here are a few ideas to get the wheels turning:

 A sentimental gift such as a handmade blanket with pictures and that quote Mama is always saying. This is sure to bring happy tears to her eyes and an item she can cuddle up with when she is missing her grown up “baby”. The popular site “Etsy” is a go-to starter for this type of gift.

There is nothing better than a gift that keeps on giving. Sign her up for the Wine of The Month Club, like Dry Comal Creek! No one knows her wine taste better than you. Pick out a variety of Cabernets, Pinot Niors, or Riesling that will be a savory sip each month. She will be delighted to invite you over once a month to relish in the sweet gift from her daughter. What better way to have a staple “ladies’” night” to stay in touch after becoming a newlywed?

Of course, you cannot go wrong with a gifted spa experience. The Mother-Daughter duo that runs The Body Shoppe can assist with recommendations. Both of you have been so busy planning and putting together the hill country wedding of your dreams. Mom will absolutely love the opportunity to relax and be pampered!  

Mother of The Groom

Your new husband has grown into the perfect gentleman thanks to your future mother-in-law. How do you thank the woman that brought the most amazing man into your life? A few ideas would be to sign her up for a flower subscription, have your husband write his mother a sweet note each month and send her a beautiful bouquet to let her know you are thinking of her. She will be so happy that you both continuously think of her! A special note is the key to this gift, and it will be a great way for everyone to stay connected.

Gift a charming frame to your soon-to-be MIL and be sure her and the Groom get a photo together on the big day. Send her a proper print when you have your wedding photos back and she will have a sentimental memory to look at every day in her home. She will be so proud to show off the photo to her family and friends that come to visit.

Do not forget there is always that Spa experience you got for your mother, too. Why not make it a bonus bonding event by inviting your new MIL along? Encourage them to make a day out of it! Stop in the Huisache for lunch and finish with a spa experience. She will love that you included her, making her feel officially a part of a new family.


Grooms, we understand guys typically do not get very sentimental in gift giving to other guys. However, do not forget about your men that are standing by your side. These guys have been through it all with you and are so proud of the man you have grown into. After all, you must be something special to get to marry this Southern Bell!

Let us keep it simple with personalized bourbon bottles. Feel free to throw in a matching glass set and rock cubes. There are quite a few companies you can find online that are customizing the bourbon gift box. Your boys will be thrilled to share a drink on the rocks to toast to your new chapter of life with you.

A monogrammed duffle bag or a travel bag is a perfect way to personalize the useful gift. Everyone needs a durable travel bag! Jon Hart does a very nice Texas Tough Leather bag that the groomsmen will be very thankful for.

There is always the option of a nice golf shoe bag. This can also be personalized through any golf brand vendor. Speaking of golf…what a great way to invite them out for a post wedding round of golf, while your new bride is away at her spa weekend with the girls! Talk about winning at being newly-weds!

Bridal Party

Your girls have been there for you through thick and thin. They listened to you gush about your love when you first met your future husband. They held you when things may have been hard at times and they were a sounding board when you may of needed some reason. After all this time, they have adopted your husband as part of your group and adore him for how happy he makes you. These are your bride tribe gals!

From capturing the surprise proposal from afar, to planning your bridal shower and organizing your unforgettable bachelorette party, these girls have been a pivotal part of your hill country wedding. Some of them have been friends from elementary, a couple you met in college as you were growing into yourself, and a one or two may be your co-worker turned confidant. However they became a part of your circle, you want to show them how much you truly care for each of them and thank them for their unwavering support.  We have a few thoughtful and fun gifts that will bring a sparkle to your bridesmaids’ eyes.

Speaking of sparkles, why not gift them each a pair of earrings and a necklace that you would like for them to wear during the ceremony. These double as classic set they can wear for an evening out, promising to remind them of your day and bring a smile to their faces as well!

Comfy monogrammed robes that they can wear while they are getting dolled up for your “Sparkle & Hay” wedding day! They will love the opportunity to have a group photo op to kick off the festivities! This would be a great way to showcase your farmhouse styled bridal room.

Customized bridesmaid tumbler and straw. This is a gift they can use throughout the evening to of course, keep their beverage cold, but depending on your customization one they can also share cute photos of. Get that matching #hastag for your wedding theme and have it on the tumbler. Monogram their initials so they can keep on using the gift for days to come. It is our recommendation you package this gift in a cute tote bag. What a great way to set them up with a few “must have” items for a weekend trip!

 Flower Girl/Ring Bearer

How adorable are those two little ones that are dressed to the nines in their little cowboy boots, mini suspenders, or and princess toole!? They are the star of the show – at least for a moment – when your flower girl is walking down the aisle sprinkling your signature wedding flowers down the historic Texas chapel, stealing the hearts of every captive audience member. She practiced so many times for you to get it just right! The dashing ring bearer, proud to be in shiny new boots and wearing a tie like Daddy, is holding your ring like it is the most prized possession. Of course, these kiddos do a fantastic job and you want to be sure they know how much it meant to them to have them apart of your day.

We have some ideas that can be sure to keep them happy and entertained through the reception. In this recommendation we think it is best to present this gift as a “bundle pack”. First, try a soccer ball (or any sporting ball they fancy), with his/her name on it, so he/she can beam with pride to show it off to the other children. In turn, they will be able to play all evening long – their parents will thank you

Another super sweet idea is a personalized teddy bear, dressed to match their wedding attire. They will have something to hold onto for years to come and cuddle up with at night. This is something that, in addition to the sports ball, they will get to treasure. Lastly, in the gift bundle pack, we recommend a children’s tumbler they can drink out of throughout the evening. One, they will not lose their cup and two they will have another item to be proud to resemble they are a part of your day! These gifts can be a surprise or something you can build up their excitement about receiving if they are nervous the day of.

If you are more of a “gift an experience” type, we love that as well! There is nothing children love more than an opportunity to hang out with their favorite adults and go to a theme park! Gift them a day to Schlitterbahn with you and your husband. Take them out for a fun-filled day they won’t forget as a thank you for being in your wedding and doing such a great job. This can also be a wonderful way to get “Children 101” practice in with your soon-to-be hubby!  

We hope you can relax a little more knowing you have a few ideas to reference when you begin your list of must-get thank you gifts. These are your people. You know them better than anyone else, so stay true to what you know and gift them what you feel will best represent your relationship with them. Anything you get, your wedding party will be appreciative of. They are in your life, celebrating your day because they love you, not for the specific gift you give them as a token of appreciation. Rest assured you cannot go wrong with anything you decide to put together.

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Wow, what a year it has been! The Texas wedding season was moving along swimmingly, as well as the rest of everyone’s lives when that pesky little thing now known as Covid-19 changed everything! Let’s face it, planning a wedding has it’s ups and down even during normal times. This pandemic has made the process even more stressful. The level of uncertainty, and the process of rescheduling and postponing wedding dates the past few months has created challenges for couples and businesses across the event industry. In short, it has been an uncertain time. Stress causes conflict. Here a few tips from Gruene Estate that are now more important than ever before. Thoughtful ways that you and your significant other can stay strong as a couple in the period leading up to your wedding day.

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Let’s face it, any good relationship is built on equality and trust. Make sure that prior to starting the wedding planning process you have a discussion with your S.O. to ensure that he’s onboard with helping in equal ways during the wedding planning. As a established Texas Hill Country wedding venue, our experience is that the bride comes in with the vison and wedding design goals for the day. This is ok, because while your groom might not be into the intricacies of macramé, he’s probably great at other wedding tasks: negotiating contracts with vendors, managing family issues, and being the point of contact person that touches base with Gruene Estate’s in-house coordinator. Bottom line is this: there’s plenty to do, and make sure that he’s on board to help an equal amount during the stages leading up to the wedding day.

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Perspective is everything! While we all want the wedding day to be perfect, there is no such thing as a perfect wedding. As far as Gruene Texas wedding venues go, we are the oldest and most established. Through our venue experience, we have seen lots of fabulous Texas Hill Country weddings in the past decade. None of those events were perfect, but all of them were amazing. Each and every one of those “perfect weddings” had something small go wrong: a caterer mishap, a small timing issue in the timeline, or missed cue in the ceremony. Let go of obsessing over every last detail and trying to make it all happen the way you picture it. There will be bumps in the road and hiccups along the way, but remember, in the long run it won’t matter.  

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Wedding planning shouldn’t be a chore or job. Make sure that you set proper boundaries and carve out time when wedding talk is off limits. This is very important, because while lots of effort goes into planning a gorgeous Texas wedding, don’t let it take over your lives. Create healthy boundaries and set aside time during the week where you are willing to discuss wedding details. Then when it’s done, be disciplined and don’t discuss it again. As we mentioned before, Gruene Estate provides an in-house coordinator who is a fabulous resource for couples to help them during the planning process. Especially, if you are one of our brides who is planning a Gruene Texas destination wedding and are living out of state. Our planner is a great resource for brides and she can connect you with various San Antonio, Austin, and New Braunfels wedding vendors.

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Go ahead and plan a wedding planning getaway now. We say this time and time again, but make sure you take a break and plan a short getaway for the weekend. This is a great opportunity to connect with your S.O.. Come stay at one of Gruene Estate’s vacation rentals in downtown New Braunfels. Take in a concert at Gruene Hall and pencil in some time to enjoy floating the Comal or Guadalupe Rivers. This is a great way to scout some activities for your wedding guest’s, and plant some seeds of excitement for you big day on social media. Remind them, that they are going to experience the best region of Texas and a one of a kind boutique Wedding in New Braunfels!

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Don’t get lost in the wedding planning details in the time leading up to your event. Set boundaries and create time for one another. Share the wedding planning experience together and remember that teamwork makes the dreamwork! There will be ups and downs along the way, so plan for them and have the right perspective. Your day is going to be amazing! Love, laugh, and celebrate with the ones that you love, it’s going to be the best wedding day of your life!

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Photos 4,5,6 1778 Photographie

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Your Tech Savy Wedding – Leveraging Technology For Your Wedding Day by Gruene Estate

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Let’s be honest, everybody is living on their phones these days. It so common, that at Gruene Estate, we try to market and create content specifically for smart phone users. Although in many ways, smart phones have the way we communicate less personal, there are many benefits to the meteoric rise in technology over the last 10 years. This is especially true for brides, grooms, and couples to be. Apps and social media platforms give brides a better opportunity to share their wedding day and create community involvement that would not have been possible in years past. As a boutique wedding venue in Gruene Texas, we want the world to see our brides beautiful Hill Country Wedding, so here are a few ideas from the Gruene Estate team on how to use technology to your advantage on your wedding day!


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Creating a hashtag for your wedding day is a great way to create excitement and social media interaction prior to your event. The unique advantage to hashtags, is that they work across multiple platforms. Whether your friends use Twitter, Instagram, or Snapchat, they can all share the same hashtag to help create buzz about your special day. Although it is a non-essential piece of your wedding day, it is a fun way to get your friends and family involved. There are lots of website’s that will generate a hashtag for you, but it is a great opportunity to create your own and imprint a personal touch on your wedding day before it even starts. A few examples we’ve seen at Gruene Estate: #becomingsmith, #itsreallyhepburning, and #jonesingforreyes. Most couples figure out a creative way to incorporate their last name into the hashtag. Gruene Estate’s hashtag is #grueneestate or #grueneweddingshoes! These days there are lots of creative ways to share your day.

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Snapchat is taking social media by storm. While Instagram is the perfect place to share your polished and edited wedding pictures, Snapchat is ideal for in the moment shots. Snapchat is a popular messaging app that lets users exchange pictures and videos (called snaps) that are meant to disappear after they’re viewed. It’s advertised as a “new type of camera” because the essential function is to take a picture or video, add filters, lenses or other effects and share them with friends. Creating your own custom wedding filter is the ideal way to get your friends involved and put your mark on your wedding day. Snapchat filters are overlays, words, or color tone changes that you can add to your picture. This is the perfect place to integrate you’re hastag, custom logo, or venues logo into your wedding day filter.

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While we all love and cherish our smart phones, make sure you are clear with your guests about your expectations for when and where you want them to use their phones. At Gruene Estate, we have a beautiful open-air wedding chapel that is set on the original Gruene family farm. It creates that quintessential Texas Hill Country Wedding moment. Guests and family want to capture that moment when the antique chapel doors open and the bride enters her processional walk. For some brides, they might not mind people taking pictures or videos. For others, this in an intimate and special moment that is only meant to be shared with her husband, friends, and family. Phones can be distracting, so make sure you communicate clearly beforehand if you want that special wedding moment broadcasted to the entire world. If not, create a cute sign that politely tells guest to silence the phones or turn them off.

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Speaking of broadcasting your wedding day to the world, Covid-19 is changing lives in many ways. You may have guests or friends that are considered high risk, or are traveling from out of state and cannot make the journey for your wedding day. A decade ago, this would have been a difficult problem to solve. It would have required a web cam and I.T. know how to broadcast your wedding ceremony. Fortunately, the Youtube, Facebook, and Instagram platforms have changed this by allowing users to live stream directly through their accounts on their smart phones. In all three platforms, it’s as easy as creating a post, and then hitting the “Live” button. Users and followers can interact and comment on your feed, and it allows you to post the video to your account after it ends. Ensuring that everybody is able to witness your wedding ceremony. Investing in a sturdy and reliable tripod is a great way to guarantee quality video.

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Technology has given brides the ability to share their wedding day with their friends, family, and loved ones. Using popular social media apps and creative hashtags is a smart way to create excitement and guest interaction prior to and during your wedding. As wedding season moves into full swing, make sure that you are prepared to take advantage of all these wonderful technological advancements to celebrate your wedding day!

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When Style and Dance Tie the Knot

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You can always count on New Braunfels Wedding Guide to bring something new, something original and unique to our styled shoots. Our idea to bring dance to a styled shoot waltzed its way to our When Style and Dance Tie the Knot event at the beautiful Gruene Estate venue.

The staging became a celebration of the fifties. You will find our color palette to be fun mixtures of silver, gold, rose gold, pink,  fuchsia, blush and navy, and it worked!


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Cottonwood Print FULLY captured the flavor of our vision in  these gorgeous invitations! How could they have been any more perfect! I’m convinced there must have been some kind of mind meld going on between the vendors! The amazing blend of colors brought by each of them complimented and highlighted not only their own contribution but the work of fellow vendors. The result was magical!

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The idea of this huge endeavor was to drop a bride and groom with their bridal party into a beautifully staged, festive, wedding musical so joyfully appealing, so lighthearted, and  so cheerfully carefree, that they found themselves lost in the music framing the entire scene. 

Our staging to instigate this plan began with a magnificently decorated banquet table. Comal Event Rental had just the right shade of pink linens to cover our tables. Blumen Meisters did an exqusite job with the floral decor and arrangements.  I love how they used Pepperberry to bring in our pinks!

The tall floral stands coupled with the colorful balloon cascade provided by Balloon Man LLC produced the  appearance of a layered frame to the bridal table. Brides, imagine this scene uniquely crafted  in your own choice of colors for your reception dinner. What is not to love!

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Is there any substitute for vintage china, crystal and sterling silver dinnerware? Relic Rentals, who provided our lounge area, also brought just the right combination of items for our place settings! We loved seeing how the combination of your elegant choices, the balloons and florals blended so magnificiently!

More than being  aesthetically fabulous in appearance, the soft hews with the splash of color simply made everyone happy! It was the perfect backdrop for our dancers!

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Ahhh, the wedding cake!! Cakes by Summer designed this beautiful creation! Summer is an artist and brings that gift to her cakes. Her attention to detail always is a step above. If you look closely, you’ll see the roses etched throughout the bottom layer of the cake. It was exactly what we were after, simple elegance amid our fun-loving setting! What a  beautiful backdrop!

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Our bar set up was by Southern Tapsters. They even made a couple of signature drinks just for the occasion. These guys love bringing their craft to an event. This phenominal bar at Gruene Estate made bringing this layer to our shoot amangly easy!

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With the staging in place, we were ready to go! Meet Dfntly Entertainment! Where to begin? The dance team wore attire from Celebrations Bridal and Prom. It’s hard to know how to credit Celebrations Bridal and Prom  with all their due!  Samantha listens and then offers her expert opinion on everything from colors to the right attire needed to produce the desired affect. So we lean heavily on Sam’s advice because she never steers us wrong!

The chosen dresses and the event definitely called for pearls! I called Save the Pearls and asked the owner to create something  for our bride and bridesmaids! The pearl necklaces, earrings and rings provided were absolutely stunning!

Finally, Glam on Demand was on location early ready to begin hair and makeup. What I love about these girls is the  confidence they bring to their craft and their easy conversation that makes everyone in the room comfortable!

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We were delighted after sharing our idea with Diana, the choreorgrapher for Dfntly Entertainment, to hear she was onboard with us. It was such fun working with her! Initially, in the production process, she of course had to have the music we wanted for the video. Yikes! This enormous job was extremely overwhelming! What to pick! In the music arena  “the world was our canvas!”  After much deliberating, we surrendered and went with our own personal favorites. Choreographing and dance rehearsals began in San Antonio while planning moved forward with our group of local participating vendors.

Understand, throughout this production process, we met only once with Diana in the months leading up to our event! All our communication was by phone and email. Our only glimpse at what we would see the day of the event was a little clip from one of the dance team’s rehearsals.

Our hedged bet was on Diana and Dfntly Entertainment to bring the desired outcome to When Style and Dance Tie the Knot, and they DID!

Providing entertainment at events is a popular option today. If you are looking for entertainment, you really need to look no further! Diana and her team of dancers are phenomenal!

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With the combination styled shoot/dance video production we had scheduled, you can imagine the hard work our photographer, Davide Pezzat Photography, and videographer, Paul Dubiel Videography had in store! The two met for the first time on the day of the shoot but worked in concert with each other beautifully to produce an original! We can not say enough about these two professionals. Because of David’s eye for applying extraordinarily unique comprehensive coverage and Paul’s enthusiasium and experience, we knew we were in safe hands!

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The incredible vendors for this New Braunfels Wedding Guide styled shoot/dance video are among the best in their industry. It was an amazing gathering of talent! Thank you all for bringing such hard work and creativity to our day! It was such a pleasure working with you all!

Gruene Estate is a one of a kind! Everything about the facility perfectly suited this project! It provided the perfect backdrop, the perfect ambience! This venue is magical!

Paul Dubiel Videography should have our video ready for release soon! Stay tuned for part two of When Style and Dance Tie the Knot!

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Gruene Estate Style Shoots and Productions

Love in Color at Gruene Estate

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This beautiful style shoot was done by my friend, Christine Marie Scott, at Gruene Estate, one of New Braunfels Wedding Guide’s featured venues! Read about how Christine managed to plan this lovely shoot all the way from California. Enjoy your tour of this extraordinary wedding venue.

Introducing: LOVE IN COLOR // by Christine Marie Scott, Lomonico Photography

A styled shoot at Gruene, Texas planned out of Southern California.

“Seek, and you shall find.”

I’m just a California photographer inspired by the city of Gruene in Texas. ?
Quick story: In January, I was hired by my bride and groom from a few years ago to photograph their vow renewal in Dallas, Texas! I was SO EXCITED. I said yes, right away. After that, I was super inspired to reach out to vendors in my favorite area in Texas, and that is the little town of Gruene in New Braunfels. I posted on a Facebook styled shoot group looking for some vendors that wanted to be a part of my vision with me. I found a fantastic cake designer named Rhonda Hollon with Cakes Couture who helped me connect with SO MANY sweet vendors in the area. From there, everything keeps going and spiraling into this incredible journey, and my vision started coming true.
SO YES I planned this from California, and it was quite challenging but SO MUCH FUN. I couldn’t believe how well everything was going and then I found Jill McCarty with Couture Events, and she made life even easier for me by helping me with extra details and gathering everyone a few weeks before I flew to Texas. LIFESAVER! 
The time has come! & The day I showed up to finally do the dang thing with these awesome people. I was in shock with how incredible everyone was. The community and teamwork was MIND BLOWING. I couldn’t be happier. I even had my husband and two of my closest friends from San Antonio, TX, helping me keep things in order. It was a 12 hour day for sure, but it was SO WORTH IT. I can’t believe how much we got done and how my vision did come to life.
I’m happy to share some of my favorite images out of HUNDREDS finally. I’m SO excited about this successful styled shoot, and I seriously can’t wait to work with these vendors again. =]


If you are a bride and you are searching for creative, professional, trustworthy, & hard-working vendors I suggest you check out all the lovely vendors below. You will not be disappointed.

“Encourage each other and build each other UP.”
Huge thanks to all the vendors that made this day super special for me!

*Creative Director & Photographer: Christine Marie w/ @lomonicophotography

*Wedding Coordinator and Co-Director: Jill McCarty w/ @coutureeventsbyjill

*Wedding Venue: Katherine & Nolan w/ @grueneestate

*Custom Catering: Tyler Olsen w/ @harveyjacobscatering

*Wedding Dresses: Ashley Orr w/ @celebrationsbridalandprom

*Florals: Megan Reiley w/ @reileyandrose

*Cake: Rhonda Hollon w/ @cake_couture80

*Rentals: Emily Kellar & Becky Bradbury w/ @relicrentals.nb

*Rentals: Ashley Henry w/ @mintagerentals

*Calligrapher: Emily Kellar w/ @kellardesign

*The Wild Caravan ft. Smoothies: Ashley Henry w/ @mintagerentals @thewildcaravan

*Custom Balloon Creations + Decor: Claudia Flotte w/ @luabash

*Hair + MUA: Amber Asher w/ @vixen_hair_makeup

*Invitations: Brandi DeLoach w/ @theprintedbride

*Rings: @ernestosjewelry + @helzbergdiamonds + @jcpenney

*Jewelry: @celebrationsbridalandprom

Wedding Planning Journal: Katie Pennington w/ @theknotkeeper

Models: Emily Claire Kellar @___eck & Katie Gratia @katiegratia + Trey Ryan @traveling_cowboy